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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

James Clemens Student Wins Adventure of a Lifetime to Iceland

Posted by John Peck in General

A trip to Iceland sounds pretty cool leaving Alabama in the heat of summer.

Joining an expedition with National Geographic makes it that much cooler.

That’s exactly what a Madison teen will experience next week in an all-expenses paid trip she won in a competition sponsored by DirectTV and Nat Geo Mundo.

Madhuri Molleti, a 2017 graduate of James Clemens High School, is one of only two U.S. students chosen to embark on a National Geographic Student Expedition with photographers, scientists and writers.

Iceland trip winner with officials at City Hall
Parents Padma and Raju Molleti, Madhuri Molleti and Assistant Schools Superintendent Eric Terrell

She leaves this weekend for a 15-day trip that will have them staying mostly in hostels and camping. Their travels will include visits to Iceland’s geothermal features, its rugged coast, its glacier-rich Vatnajokull National Park, and other stops that include basalt columns, black sand beaches, wildlife sanctuaries, volcanic features, forests, waterfalls and fishing villages.

The competition was created to provide four deserving students (two from the United States and two from Latin America) the opportunity to explore the subarctic island nation of Iceland and learn the basics of climate change.
Last year, a Bob Jones student won the trip. “We celebrate this honor with her and know that she will represent our school district well. It’s an example of how talented our students are in Madison City Schools,” said Assistant Schools Superintendent Eric Terrell.

“The City of Madison produces some of the most impressive students in the world. For two consecutive years, a student from Madison has been afforded this wonderful honor. This is just another opportunity for us to show the world what we already know,” said Mayor Paul Finley. City Council President Tommy Overcash also attended today’s announcement at City Hall.

Madhuri was an AP student and member of the National Honor Society at James Clemens. She plans to attend UAB to study public health in fall. Her parents are Raju and Padma Molleti.
“DIRECTV and AT&T are proud to support programs that empower students and provide unique learning opportunities,” said Dave Hargrove, AT&T Regional Director of External Affairs. “It’s exciting to play a part in offering students like Madhurri a chance to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we look forward to learning about her adventures later this summer.” Hargrove said Madhuri has been asked to blog about her adventures. AT&T will put a link on its website.
Alabama is proud to be home to three U.S. Nat Geo winners in two years, two of which are from Madison.
Mayor with Madhurri in City Hall

Madison Mayor Paul Finley, JCHS graduate Madhuri Molleti and Council President Tommy Overcash


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